A picture is worth a thousand words, and for a video that goes into millions. Sometimes the millions are not enough to express. You need the text to accentuate your point and message across the table. There are few ways to add text to a video. The evergreen way is to embed it into the video when looking for captions for individual scenes. Another way involves separate subtitle files, which is not ideal if you upload the video online.
Adding text to video is a walk in the park for most video editing apps. You will need to install them and set them up before beginning the editing process. That’s a lot of steps that can be done online without requiring any of the hectic steps.
Online video editors have come of age and can do a lot of the stuff in the web browser itself. The following are the top 5 online tools for you to add text to videos. Besides, the ways about how to add text to a video via each tool are also given.
Typito is a freemium video editor that lets you add text to videos. You will need to create an account for using the service. Social logins via Google or Facebook account works as well. Talking about the user interface, the feel is premium and seamless. Novice users can get a firm grip on the editor in no time.
Step 1. Create an account or login using Facebook or a Google account.
Step 2. Click on the New Project button to create a fresh project for the video in question.
Step 3. Choose the video format from the canvas of options. They are categorized by platforms. You can go for a custom size as the presets don’t fit the bill.
Step 4. Now, we will import the media file. An upload dialog will appear on the screen. Drag and drop to import your video.
After the video has been uploaded, head to the editor by clicking on the “Start Editing” button next to the video’s thumbnail.
Step 5. Once inside the editor, head to the text menu by clicking on the Text Effects button.
Step 6. Select the text style from the left, and a box will appear on the preview screen. Type in your text and click outside the box to save.
What we have here is Kapwing, a popular video editor who offers a whole-fledged editing experience. You don’t need to sign in or create an account for using the service. There is a 250MB file limit in the free version, along with 7 minutes of the length of the video.
Step 1. Head directly to its editor and import a video by uploading it. The drag and drop feature is enabled. And when the video is stored on the cloud? Import it directly without a hiccup.
Step 2. Head to the Text menu from the left sidebar. Select the text style of your choice. If you are unsure, click on the Add Text button. A text box will appear on the screen.
Step 3. Look to the right, and you will see the text formatting menu. Change colors, add shadows, borders, and more.
You Must Know – When you are looking to add subtitles, there is a dedicated subtitle menu.
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Online video editing cannot get more one-dimensional than Video Toolbox. You upload a video and select a function from the dropdown to perform. There is no pompous user interface to entice users or make things intuitive. You will need to create an account to use the free service.
Step 1. Signup for an account and click on the Choose File > Upload to import the video.
Step 2. Tick the box next to the video you need. Then select the Add Subtitles action from the dropdown menu. It will take you to another page for last-minute configuration.
Step 3. Upload a subtitle file that will be hardcoded on the video. Select the subtitle size, position. Leave file encoding as UTF-8 if you are unfamiliar with it.
The process takes approximately 30 seconds for a 30 MB file containing a 1-minute video.
WeVideo is another online video editor with far-reaching capabilities apart from adding text to videos. You will require an account or access through social media accounts(Google, Facebook).
Step 1. After logging in, select the aspect ratio. The three most used are given on the screen. We choose 16:9 and head to the editor.
Step 2. Import a video through drag and drop to the library section. From there, drag it to the timeline. That’s our cue to start editing.
Step 3. Head to the Text section and then find the Static menu. It contains simple text options minus the animations, motions, and other frills.
A text box will appear on the screen. Enter the text and press enter to save.
YouTube’s very own editor gives a decent mileage for primary edits. Add text to videos while uploading a video. The party doesn’t end there; you can add text to existing uploads as well. The video-sharing platform offers two ways to add text. You can either upload a subtitle file or type in line by line.
Step 1. Go to the Subtitles section of the YouTube studio and select the video which needs text.
Step 2. Add a language for the video. As you can see, it’s already added here. Click on the Add Subtitles button.
Step 3. Subtitles menu will appear on the screen. Select Type Manually unless you have a subtitle file that can be uploaded instantly.
Step 4. Type what is being narrated in the video and set the timestamps according to it. Tick the Pause while typing box if you can type fast and keep up with the video. It comes in handy when adding long-duration captions/subtitles.
Adding text to videos using an online editor is easier than you would imagine. Video toolbox is ideal for a time when you want to embed subtitles and leave the video untouched. Typito gets straight to the point and has been amongst the easiest for adding text. On the other hand, Kapwing and WeVideo show promise, but their wings are clipped in the free version. As a YouTuber, you can get things done when we have room for optional text/subtitles on the video.
Karen is a professional writer with a background in column writing who enjoys resolving complex topics and explaining them in interesting ways.